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24 November, 2010 - Eastern Auctions Limited

Every so often, Eastern holds a contest for its bidders. It gives the winners small awards to be used against future purchases. There are individual first, second and third prizes. These are followed by 25 fourth prizes. It is interesting to see where these 28 winners come from as this tells us how wide the interest is in Eastern’s auctions. The results were as follows:




The top 3 prizes went to collectors in the USA.

We found one other bit of information provided by Eastern to be particularly interesting and that is that 84% of their bidders were successful on at least one lot. That’s a much higher % than we would have thought and, of course, encourages bidders to keep coming back for more.


1¢ Numeral – Imperforate pair with re-entries


Lot 2162
Unitrade 75vi
Catalogue $900
Realized $575


There have been many of these 1¢ imperforate pairs sold in the past 10 years. The above pair is the more common variety without gum. In our records, we counted a total of 40 pairs with prices ranging from $180 to $720, a huge spread.

But this pair was different in that it had re-entries at the bottom of each stamp. We have recorded 4 other pairs with such re-entries.


Admiral Booklet


Lot 2227
Scott 108a
Catalogue $180
Realized $135

This booklet was VF NH. A careful inspection reveals the usual staple holes on the left margin where the covers were attached. It looks to be in very good shape but, as it is so common with booklets, two of the stamps are a bit off-center, in this case the bottom pair which are centered high. This may have accounted for the fairly low price. Another possibility is that there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of demand for booklets these days which puzzles us, especially when considering how much in demand the Admiral set is.

A Couple of Varieties – with interesting differences

"Crease on collar"

Lot 2297
Scott 167 NH
Estimate $100
Realized $90

Lot 2356
Unitrade 233i VF H
Catalogue $100
Realized $50


What are the differences between these two varieties? We gave this some thought:

1. There are many misperfs amongst Canada’s stamps, but they are not listed in the catalogues. That is why there is no catalogue value for the above stamp, just an estimate.

2. The “crease on collar” variety of the Unitrade 233i is a well known variety, listed in Unitrade and with a price provided.

3. Usually, the better the centering on a stamp, the more valuable. But with misperfs, the worse the centering, the better the price. Sounds silly of course!

4. The centering in the Unitrade 233i is not that good. Turn it upside down to inspect it and it becomes evident that it is centered a bit to the right. In addition, it is hinged.

Taking all these factors into account, it is not surprising that the first stamp sold for close to its estimate while the second one, for only half its catalogue value.

Makes you think collectors are picky when they bid. You bet they are!


Imperforate Singles



Lot 2302
Scott 174a–177a
Estimate $1,250
Realized $750

These imperforate singles are not generally recognized in the catalogues. Despite this, we are surprised at how many of them have surfaced and been offered at auction in the past two years. The above ones were VF NH. The set from which they come was issued in 1930. At that time in our philatelic history, we assume from the evidence that all of Canada’s Imperforates were collected as pairs. The above ones weren’t and it makes us wonder why. Its mysteries like this that help make our hobby so interesting.

Centennial Corner Block


Lot 2426
Unitrade 456pi
Catalogue $250
Realized $155

We started collecting seriously in 1967 when the Centennial series first appeared. We can’t count the number of times we went to the philatelic counter of the Post Office in downtown Montreal in the following months buying plate blocks of each variety as it was reported. We have all kinds of them squirreled away and have no idea at this point how one differs from another. We look at the listing of varieties in the Unitrade catalogue and wonder how anyone can cope with so much information. Probably no other set is as complicated as this.

The above block was described as “25¢ slate green, W2B, HB paper, DEX gum. “ We have a feeling this is one of the less complicated descriptions. We’ve heard of HB paper, that’s “hibrite” right! DEX is one of the types of gum, but is it meant to be shiny or dull. You have to know. What does W2B mean? Yes, we know, we could look it up in Unitrade, but already, you’ve lost us!

According to Scott, the regular 465p is worth $7. A block of four would then be $28. The above block, with its special attributes making it more valuable, sold for $155 which is obviously much higher. Maybe we’ll get out to our ultra violet lamp and have another look at our Centennial stamps.

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Eastern’s next sale is a Mail Sale to be held
on January 19, 2011.

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